Mosquito-eating Fish Deployed in West Nile Virus Fight
The news media are invited to observe Clark County Vector Control Friday morning as it collects mosquito-eating fish from barrels and deposits them in ponds at the Desert Rose Golf Course, where the fish will eat mosquitoes and their larvae, which sometimes carry the deadly West Nile Virus.
The news media are invited to meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the Clark County Water Reclamation District plant located at 5857 E. Flamingo Rd., where the larvivorous fish are collected and raised in barrels. Once the fish are collected, the media will caravan a short distance to the Desert Rose site located at 5483 Club House Dr. near Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard.
There, Vector Control Supervisor Christopher Bramley will deposit the fish in ponds.
The County has been treating bodies of water suspected of being breeding grounds for mosquitoes in this way for several years. Since April this season more than 6,000 fish have been deposited in local waters. While summer – the height of West Nile virus season -- is behind us, residents should remain vigilant and are still encouraged to notify their local code enforcement offices if they encounter green pools.
In May, Clark County Commissioners came together to raise awareness of the dangers of green pools and asked the public to report this backyard blight to local code enforcement agencies. The best way to reduce the risk to our community is to identify and eliminate the places the mosquitoes breed. Residents of unincorporated Clark County should report green pools by calling (702) 455-4191 or filing a complaint through the County website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Through 2013 so far, West Nile virus has infected six people in Clark County, including one woman who died. This is down from 2012, when eight people were infected and one person died. In 2011, 11 people were infected and one person died.
So far in 2013, County code enforcement officers have dealt with 595 green pool cases. In 2012, there were 853 green pool cases, up from 543 green pool cases in 2011.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.